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This profile was last updated on 5/29/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Donlyn Lyndon

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Board Member

Places Journal Foundation

Employment History

  • Spiritual Dean
    Sea Ranch
  • Part of the Architecture
    Sea Ranch
  • Design Observer
  • Chair of the Department of Architecture
    University of California , Berkeley
  • Professor of Architecture
    University of California , Berkeley
  • The Seaside Institute

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair of the Board of Directors
    Kronos Performing Arts Association
  • Fellow
    American Institute of Architects
  • Board Member
    International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design
  • Board Member
    Kronos Quartet
  • Professor Emeritus
    University of California , Berkeley


  • M.F.A.
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Web References
Places: Design Observer, 29 May 2013 [cached]
Donlyn Lyndon, University of California, Berkeley, emeritus/founding editor
Seaside Institute, 22 June 2013 [cached]
Donlyn Lyndon
Donlyn Lyndon's work as an architect, author and educator concerned with the design of places has been widely recognized. Within UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, he is a member of the Graduate Group for the Design of Urban Places and teaches in both the architecture and master of urban design programs. He is the editor of PLACES, a journal of environmental design, author of The Sea Ranch (with Jim Alinder) and The City Observed: Boston, and co-author of Chambers for a Memory Palace and The Place of Houses.
Lyndon serves on the boards of the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design in Italy and of the Charles Moore Center for the Study of Place in Austin, Texas. He is chair of the board of directors for the Kronos Performing Arts Association and has served as a member of the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Building Operations. His architectural and urban design practice has included a continuing series of works at Sea Ranch, Calif., where, with Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker, he was one of the designers of Condominium One (1965), which subsequently received the distinguished 25-year Award from the AIA. He has continuing architectural work there and has been the architect for projects elsewhere in California, Texas, New England, the South and the Northwest.
His urban design practice in California has included plans for Pasadena, Menlo Park and Berkeley, including the Bayer Biotech campus and the Downtown Public Improvements Master Plan for the city of Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, his work has received numerous design awards, and he is frequently asked to serve on architectural competition juries. Lyndon headed the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon and at MIT and is a former chair of the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley. His work as an educator was honored in 1997 with the AIA-ACSA's Topaz Award, the highest award in architectural education, and he has served as a chancellor's professor and as the Eva Li professor at Berkeley.
SIMSC - Architectural Tour Wine Tasting & Auction - Architectural Tour, 11 May 2013 [cached]
In the revised house, Lyndon organized passage through the house along a descending series of windows opening directly to the forest, filling the house with filtered lightand outlook, as a section of the roof was lifted to peer up into the trees. An expansive deck at the lowest level hangs out among the redwoods.
Donlyn Lyndon has been a part of the architecture of The Sea Ranch since its beginning.Projects at The Sea Ranch designed by Lyndon in collaboration with Marvin Buchanan or with Tomas Frank include seven houses, and the "Hidden Treasure" redesign.
Lyndon has also written about The Sea Ranch, beginning with an article about the condominium in World Architecture Two, titled "Sea Ranch, The Process of Design" (1965). ost notably he is the author, with photographer Jim Alinder, of The Sea Ranch, published by Princeton Architectural Press, the second, revised edition of which will be released in fall 2013.
At the time that The Sea Ranch was beginning, Lyndon, Moore, Whitaker and Joseph Esherick were all on the Architecture faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.
Donlyn Lyndon and brother Maynard Hale Lyndon were both introduced to architecture by their father Maynard Lyndon FAIA, whose architectural work was internationally recognized.
Donlyn became a partner in MLTW/ Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker; Maynard worked in Boston for The Architects Collaborative founded by Walter Gropius.Later, merging their talents with those of their respective spouses, Alice Wingwall and Lu Wendel Lyndon, they evolved the idea of place as the central theme of architecture and design.
Donlyn founded and edited the journal PLACES, Alice made site sculpture and photographed architecture, Maynard and Lu created the store PLACEWARES "specializing in places to put things" and founded LyndonDesign for the design of innovative furnishings.
Donlyn was architect for each of their houses and both are enlivened by many fine objects and fabrics that can be found at PLACEWARES/LyndonDesign Gallery, in Gualala.
When the architects Charles W. Moore, ..., 16 Dec 2008 [cached]
When the architects Charles W. Moore, Joseph Esherick, William Turnbull, Donlyn Lyndon, and Richard Whitaker and the landscape architect Lawrence Halprin conceived this place along a mystical 10-mile stretch of California coast in the early 1960s, they courted the wind.
Sea Ranch has achieved a sort of a cult status among architecture mavens, who house-gawk rather than California-watch, bearing a glossy tome by Mr. Lyndon, a spiritual dean of Sea Ranch, as a guide.
KQ Web: BOD, 23 June 2004 [cached]
Donlyn LyndonFAIA Architect
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